Another shocker in the best sense is the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape La
Combe des Fous. As I wrote last year, this is one of the most complex
and concentrated wines of the vintage. An extraordinary perfume of white
chocolate, roasted Provencal herbs, lavender, licorice, black cherries
and sweet black currants is followed by a broad, expansively flavored
wine with a superb full-bodied texture, terrific purity and a 40+ second
finish. In fact, the tannins are such that 1-2 years of bottle age may
be beneficial. This 2008 should evolve for 15 years. It is almost
impossible to believe that something like this could have been achieved
in this vintage. Parker 94
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